Last week's Gwinnett school board meeting ended early as parents pushed back on the mask mandate by Gwinnett County Public Schools, demanding to know when it will end.
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Gwinnett school board meeting ends early as parents push back on GCPS mask mandate, demand to know when it will end
The Gwinnett County Board of Education got through most of its meeting on Thursday night without issue, but it ended early during public comment with some board members leaving early and parents arguing with each other over the school system’s mask mandate.
The board had moved quickly through its business items, getting to public comment, which is the last part of the meeting, in less than an hour. It was during public comment, after a handful of the 30 people scheduled to speak had gotten up to address the board, that things began to unravel.
After a brief standoff over one woman’s refusal to wear a mask or leave the meeting, school board chairman Everton Blair announced the board would move into its conference room to hear the remainder of public comment. As people were filing into that room, however, Blair came out and announced the meeting was instead adjourned, meaning the board would not hear from more than two-thirds of the people signed up to address it.
The issue, according to Blair, was that some board members opted to leave the building all together rather than move to another room.
“The meeting is adjourned,” Blair told audience members. “There is no quorum. If you are signed up to speak today and did not get to speak, then we will handle that, but if you want to speak with me, I’m going to hang back for a few minutes.”
The incident is the latest in a long line of disputes between the district and the school board. A standoff over the district’s original mask mandate — that mandate was lifted over the summer before the new one was instituted at the end of July — led to the board’s May business meeting being delayed for nearly an hour.
Blair did not specify which board members had left, but the board needs three members present to have a quorum. Board member Mary Kay Murphy had not been present at the meeting, and since Blair was present to make the announcement, that means at least two of the other three board members — Vice-Chairwoman Karen Watkins and board members Tarece Johnson and Steve Knudsen — would have had to have left for a quorum to be broken.
Blair asked Gwinnett County Public Schools staff to go through the audience and ask people who were not wearing a face mask to put one on. That led to a standoff with one woman who refused to either put a mask on or leave the meeting, even declaring that she was willing to be arrested for defying the mandate.
“My husband will bail me out,” the woman said in a raised voice at one point.
A video recording of the meeting omitted much of the audio of the altercation between the woman and GCPS staff members.
One of the issues parents who oppose the mask mandate have with it — in addition to wanting it to be a choice for kids as to whether they wear a mask — is that there have been no indications as to when it will end, including what threshold would have to be reached for masks to become optional.
“The community deserves a metric,” said Holly Terei, one is one of a group of parents who has sued GCPS over the mask mandate. “When is this going to end?”
The Georgia Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 tracker has been showing a sharp decline since early October in Gwinnett County’s two-week new case numbers.
As of Thursday, Gwinnett had seen 198 new cases of COVID for every 100,000 residents over a two-week period. That, in itself, is down from a two-week ratio of 267 new cases for every 100,000 residents as of Monday, and a 512 cases per 100,000 residents two-week ratio as of Oct. 2.
Thursday was the first time since Aug. 4 that Gwinnett’s two-week new case number ratio has been below 200 cases per 100,000 residents.
Johns Hopkins University reported on Friday that Gwinnett had a daily average of 12.3 new COVID cases per 100,000 residents over a seven-day period.
Terei pointed out that other Georgia school systems —including some metro Atlanta districts — have recently lifted their mask mandates as cases dropped, and gone to masks being optional.
Henry County Schools and Marietta City Schools lifted their mask mandates and moved to making them optional a week ago. The school systems in Bryan County, near Savannah, and Troup County, which is on the Georgia-Alabama line southwest of Atlanta, also switched from mandating masks to making them optional within the last week and a half.
“How much lower are they wanting? What is the goal here because this is absolutely absurd,” Terei said.
GCPS spokeswoman Sloan Roach said the district does not have a timeline for when the mask mandate could end. She also said a decision on ending it would be based on guidance the district receives.
“District leaders continue to follow the guidance of our health partners and the CDC,” Roach said. “Our primary focus remains the health and safety of our students and staff. That said, we continue to listen to the concerns of our community on both sides of this issue.”
After Blair announced the meeting was adjourned, some of the parents began to argue with each other over requiring masks.
“Some of us actually want the masks,” one woman told a group of parents who are against the mandate as she told them they were being disruptive and preventing her from raising concerns about “real issues that’s going on in the schools.”
“We’re not anti-masks, we’re just anti-mandate,” one woman in the group said in response.
Gwinnett County Public Schools announces 2021-22 Teacher of the Year semifinalists
Gwinnett County Public Schools has whittled down the list of candidates for the district-wide Teacher of The Year honor to just 25 educators, the school system announced Wednesday.
The district plans to announce its 2020-2021 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year on Dec. 7 during a virtual celebration. The list of semifinalists announced on Tuesday include 11 elementary school teachers, eight middle school teachers and six high school educators.
The semifinalists were chosen from a field of 139 school-level teachers of the year from all of GCPS’ schools.
This year’s Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year semifinalists are:
♦ Jamie Garcia Caycho of Arcado Elementary School — 1st Grade Teacher
♦ Lee Allen of Archer High School — Algebra Teacher (Grade 9)
♦ Lucas Findlay of Baggett Elementary School — STEM and Robotics Teacher (Grades K-5)
♦ Taniesha Pooser of Berkmar Middle School — Orchestra Teacher (Grades 6-8)
♦ Erin Thompson of Brookwood High School — AP Statistics and Gifted Accelerated Pre-calculus Teacher (Grades 9-12)
♦ Jennifer Gebczyk of Camp Creek Elementary School — Music Teacher (Grades K-5)
♦ Jafria Wooden of Corley Elementary School — Early Intervention Program and English to Speakers of Other Languages Teacher (Grades K-5)
♦ Katrina Beaty Clavon of Dacula Middle School — Special Education Teacher – Interrelated Resource – Language Arts (Grade 6)
♦ Diane Cawthon of Ferguson Elementary School — Special Education Teacher – Autism Spectrum Disorder (Level 1) (Grades K-5)
♦ David Wise of Gwinnett Online Campus — Earth Science Teacher (Grade 6)
♦ Laurie C. Duke of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology — Chorus, Orchestra, and AP Music Theory Teacher (Grades 9-12)
♦ Kanisha Sherman of Hull Middle School — Mathematics Teacher (Grade 6)
♦ Verenice Romo of Knight Elementary School — Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies Teacher (Grade 5)
♦ Vema Adams-Edwards of Lovin Elementary School — Special Education Teacher – Interrelated Resource — Language Arts and Mathematics (Grades K-2)
♦ Kumari Baker of Mason Elementary School — Special Education Teacher – Interrelated Resource (Grades 3 and 5)
♦ Katie Kangas of McClure Health Science High School — Algebra I and AP Statistics Teacher (Grades 9-12)
♦ Gretchen P. Galvin of Mountain View High School — Autism Mentor and Special Education Teacher – Autism Spectrum Disorder (Level 4) (Grades 9-12)
♦ Dr. LaTonya Parker of Norcross Elementary School — Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies Teacher (Grade 5)
♦ Jenny Stark of North Gwinnett Middle School — Media Specialist (Grades 6-8)
♦ Andy Edwards of Peachtree Ridge High School — Music Technology Teacher (Grades 9-12)
♦ Kelly Powell of Puckett’s Mill Elementary School —Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies Teacher (Grade 4)
♦ Alexis Pritchett of Shiloh Middle School — Science Teacher (Grade 8)
♦ Justice Ejike of Sweetwater Middle School — Physical Science Teacher (Grade 8)
♦ Bianca Woods of Trickum Middle School — Social Studies Teacher (Grade 6)
♦ Becca Brown of Winn Holt Elementary School — 4th Grade Teacher
Northside Gwinnett opens emergency department expansion, gets approval for 10-story inpatient tower
Northside Hospital Gwinnett officially opened its new emergency department in Lawrenceville this past week, but Northside Hospital System officials are saying that is just a sign of the steps it is taking to increase medical care access at the Lawrenceville-based hospital.
The Northside Gwinnett emergency department expansion hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, and officials said it will help meet the demand in what they said is one of the highest volume emergency department facilities in Georgia. The emergency department receives more than 100,000 visits from patients each year. The expansion doubled the emergency department’s size to meet that demand.
But, looking to the future, the hospital system also recently received approval from the Georgia Department of Community Health to build a new 10-story tower that will add 162 inpatient beds to the Lawrenceville hospital’s campus. Northside Gwinnett is also building a five-story, 143,828-square-foot medical office building on the property.
“Northside believes that access to care is of the utmost importance and realized that a county with close to a million residents needed a bigger emergency department footprint,” said Debbie Mitcham, who is the president and CEO of Northside Hospital in Gwinnett and Duluth. “With the completion of this project, emergency room capacity will double, thus increasing the ability to not only take care of more Gwinnett County residents, but take care of them more efficiently.”
Among the planned additional buildings at Northside Gwinnett, the five-story medical office building is already under construction, with the project currently at the site preparation stage. The building is expected to open in 2023, and it will house outpatient imaging, ambulatory surgery and various physician practices.
The facility projects are in addition to new equipment that Northside Hospital system has purchased for Northside Gwinnett and Northside Duluth. Northside is the presenting sponsor for Paint Gwinnett Pink, which is the largest breast cancer 5K in Gwinnett County, on Oct. 23.
Paint Gwinnett Pink will be a virtual event this year, but hospital system officials said it has already raised nearly $900,000. That money will go toward helping pay for the purchase of 3D mammography equipment for the Northside Gwinnett and Northside Duluth Breast Cancer Centers.
Mill Creek High School investigating threat made on social media to kill students; police presence increased on campus
Mill Creek High School is on an elevated alert level after a threat emerged on social media this week to kill students at the school.
Jason Lane, the school's principal, sent a letter to parents on Thursday to update them on the school's handling of the threat, in which someone claiming to be a student said in a social media post, "On Thursday morning I will kill all of you expletives. Youre (sic) all (expletive) dead."
Additional police were stationed at Mill Creek High School on Thursday because of the threat. Lane, who first contacted parents about the threat on Wednesday, asked parents and students in his latest letter to share information with school officials if they know who made the threat.
"At this time, the alleged threat toward our school is still being investigated by our school and the police," Lane said. "While we have not yet identified the person responsible for the social media post, we continue to explore all possible leads.
"That said, if you or your child have any information that may help us identify the person who made these threats, please feel free to reach out to me directly."
Wednesday was a digital learning day so students were not in classrooms, but they returned to class on Thursday, which is when the person who made the threat claimed they were going to kill students at the school.
One issue officials at Mill Creek, as well as higher up in Gwinnett County Public Schools, are facing is that they don't know who made the threat so they don't know if the reasons outlined in the threat, or the threat itself, are legitimate.
On Wednesday, Lane told parents that the school was taking the threat seriously even though they did not have enough information to substantiate whether it was a real threat.
The person who wrote the threat said in it that they felt bullied, suffered from social anxiety and had been unhappy since elementary school.
"Unfortunately, we are seeing a disturbing trend of young people posting threats online as a joke or when they are frustrated or angry," Lane said on Thursday. "We, as the adults in their lives, must help them understand that this is not the appropriate way to respond. Social media has become a staple in many of our students’ lives.
"Unfortunately, some lack the maturity to understand the responsibility that goes along with using this tool. Thank you for continuing to monitor your child’s social media activities and for your ongoing conversations with them about what it means to be a good digital citizen. In today’s connected world, it is critical that we help prepare our teens to navigate digital life so that they understand the power of their words and action…online, at school, and in the community."
GCPS announces Seckinger High School's mascot will be the Jaguars
Although Seckinger High School won’t open its doors to students until next August, a key part of its identity has been unveiled: its school mascot.
The school is still under construction, but Gwinnett County Public Schools announced on Tuesday that Seckinger’s mascot will be the Jaguars. The school’s colors, which were also announced, will be blue, black and two shades of gray.
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“Meeting with the community, parents, and students of the new Seckinger Cluster as we worked to define and build our school community has been a highlight in my professional career,” Principal Memorie Reesman said. “We have laid the groundwork for a school culture that is focused on students and how to best provide them a next-generation learning experience in which they can excel in academics, athletics, and the arts.
“As the hub of the district’s first theme cluster, Seckinger’s focus on artificial intelligence is uncommon… just like the black jaguar that will represent our school.”
Focus groups were consulted to pick the school colors as well as the mascot and Reesman met with members of the school community to go through the process of picking a school identity.
District officials this will actually be the second school in the Seckinger cluster that will have had the jaguar as its mascot. It was also the the original mascot for Jones Middle School in 2004. Jones is one of four schools that will feed into Seckinger. The other schools are Harmony, Ivy Creek and Patrick elementary schools.
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The official shades for the school colors will be Pantone 312C Blue, Pantone 421 Gray, Pantone 423 Gray and Pantone Black 6.
Seckinger High School’s website can be found at www.gcpsk12.org/SeckingerHS.
Gwinnett school board will have Georgia legislature's reapportionment office redraw district boundaries
Gwinnett County Public Schools is turning to the Georgia General Assembly to not only approve a reapportionment map for the county’s school board, but to also have one of its offices draw up the map.
The school board voted Thursday night to contract with the legislature’s Reapportionment Office to draw the new school board district map that will be submitted to the Georgia General Assembly next year for approval. That map will be used for school board elections for the next decade, starting in 2022.
“It was the option that we felt was most appropriate for our current context,” Superintendent Calvin Watts said.
The Georgia General Assembly is tasked with redrawing congressional, legislative, county commission and school board districts once a decade after data from the decennial census is released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The census bureau released the local data to the states earlier this fall, and the Georgia General Assembly is set to convene for a special session in November to approve congressional and legislative maps. County commission and school board seats are not expected to be handled by the legislature, however, until the 2022 regular session begins in January.
County governments and school boards typically propose maps to their local legislative delegation to get approved in the General Assembly, but they have different options on how to draw those maps.
One option is that the county government or the school system could have its own internal data teams draw maps using the census data and a geographic information system. The other is to ask the Reapportionment Office to draw up the proposed map.
By going to the Reapportionment Office and having it draw the new school board district map, the school system is effectively saving a step in the process of getting a map to legislators.
Although the data needed to draw redistricting maps for Gwinnett County commission districts won't be available until this fall, the county's leaders are already pondering how to solicit public input on the new maps.
Gwinnett County commissioners, who have been pondering how to solicit public input on their own new map for commission districts, were told by one of their attorneys earlier this year that, regardless of which option a local government chose, the Reapportionment Office would have to review and sign off on the map before it could be introduced in the General Assembly.
As for whether that was a factor in GCPS’ decision to use the Reapportionment Office, however, Watts only said, “we’re just following the process.”
Gwinnett government offering new glass recycling pilot program three years after ditching curbside option
Gwinnettians once again have an option for recycling glass products.
The county launched a new pilot program with Waste Pro USA over the weekend to give residents a place to drop off glass products for recycling. The program entails a glass recycling drop box being located at OneStop Norcross.
“Gwinnett County values stewardship and sustainability and heard from many residents over the last few years who want a way to recycle their glass containers,” said Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Nicole Hendrickson. “We also recognize the many benefits of recycling glass and are delighted to partner with Waste Pro on this effort.”
The new pilot program somewhat reverses a gradual trend that was seen half a decade ago to move away from glass recycling in Gwinnett. For at least the last three to five years, county residents have had to either throw glass items in the trash for solid waste collection or find a place of their own to take those items for recycling.
At one time, Gwinnett residents could put their glass items in their curbside recycling boxes or take them to the Recycling Bank of Gwinnett in Duluth, but some cities and the Recycling Bank stopped accepting glass items for recycling in 2016. The county government followed suit in 2018.
Over the years since then, there have been calls to provide a new option for residents to turn in glass products for recycling.
“A program like this is a great way to bring back glass recycling to the community,” said Commissioner Ben Ku, who was elected months after the county government decided to end curbside glass recycling. “When I voiced my desire for this initiative, I knew it would be a learning process, one that we can grow from and eventually expand.”
The glass recycling drop-off bin is located at 5030 Georgia Belle Court in Norcross, and it is available to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Items must be clear or colored food and beverage bottles and jars to be accepted for recycling.
County officials said a benefit of having glass recycling is that the items can be used to make other products such as kitchen tiles and insulation. They also said it will keep the glass items out of landfills, thereby reducing the space demands on the landfills.
“We are thrilled to partner with Gwinnett County on the glass recycling pilot program,” said Waste Pro Division Manager Jennifer Herring. “Recycling materials when they can be recycled is the right thing to do.”
Gov. Brian Kemp picks former GCPS Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks to serve on state telecommunications board
After two and a half months of retirement, former Gwinnett County Public Schools Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks has picked up a new role: a member of the Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission.
Gov. Brian Kemp appointed Wilbanks, 79, to serve on the commission last week.
The former superintendent wrapped up his 25-year tenure leading Georgia’s largest school system on July 31. That tenure concluded after the county’s school board voted earlier this year to end his employment contract 11 months early.
In addition to leading GCPS from 1996 until this summer, Wilbanks was also the founding president of Gwinnett Technical College in the early 1980s. He worked with three governors and two U.S. Secretaries of Education to craft education reforms at the state and federal levels, according to the governor’s office.
Wilbanks also served as the chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia for seven years and was picked by former Gov. Nathan Deal in 2017 to lead a joint study committee that was tasked with looking at creating a statewide school leadership academy.
Wilbanks was one of two appointments that Kemp made to the commission last week. The other was Emmy-award winning producer Mark Parkman, who has produced Olympics broadcasts for NBCSports and was picked by the International Olympic Committee to launch its Olympic Channel after the 2016 summer Olympics and lead the IOC’s digital strategy ahead of the recent summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Officials celebrate the opening of the Lawrenceville Arts Center — which will house the Aurora Theatre and touring productions — to the public
As the Lawrenceville Arts Center’s first group of visitors — mostly city officials — wrapped up the first tour of the facility’s grand opening weekend, they raised glasses of champagne alongside Aurora Theatre officials for a toast to a new beginning.
Or rather, a future of possibility, as Aurora co-founder Ann-Carol Pence described it.
“We are toasting to making a million more dreams come true in a space that we are dedicating to being a beacon of hope for what a community of belonging should be, cheers,” Pence told the group as she led that first toast.
After two years of construction, Lawrenceville this weekend officially crossed the finish line for its new $35 million arts center. The three-day grand opening celebration tours, which run through Sunday, are expected to bring about 1,000 visitors through the facility.
Lawrenceville City Manager Chuck Warbington said the three-day grand opening celebration, which include VIP tours as well as front of stage and backstage tours, are being done in lieu of a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony.
“We’re trying to show off the entire facility instead of just having one big event for a ribbon cutting,” Warbington said. “This is the first official opportunity for the public to come and see (the Lawrenceville Arts Center) all weekend.
“This is a time to celebrate this investment and this gift to the community by the city.”
The VIP grand opening tours offered on Friday night gave attendees a full view of the front of stage and backstage areas of the new facility, including the outdoor courtyard performance space, the Bartow and Leslie Morgan Cabaret Theater, the Borders Rehearsal Hall, the Peach State Federal Credit Union Grand Lobby, the Mary Kistner Gallery, the Thurmon Family Costume Shop and the dressing rooms before ending on the stage of the 500-seat grand stage theater.
Along the way, performers from the Aurora Theatre, as well as local performing groups and entertainers, gave performances for tour participants.
“It’s overwhelming (to reach the opening),” Aurora co-founder Anthony Rodriguez said. “It’s the culmination of so many things and so many dreams, not just ours, but the dreams of artists and a city and a county, and everything just coming together at one time.
“What a beautiful thing that we’ve been able create this beautiful Lawrenceville Arts Center coming out of, well hopefully coming out of, a pandemic so that folks can once again gather and enjoy each other’s company and experience live entertainment in a facility that I will just say is absolutely beyond compare.”
Lawrenceville Mayor David Still said the facility fits into the city’s vision of being a home to a thriving arts community. The center is seen as a space to help foster relationships between the city, the Aurora and local institutions, such as Georgia Gwinnett College and the School of the Arts at Central Gwinnett High School.
“It puts the city where we want it to be, as a river of art,” Still said. “We want to take people, from the cradle to professional, and cover them in art. We are an international community that appreciates art and so we need art throughout the city and having performing arts and all arts is what we need here in the city to promote relationships and build our community.”
City officials are keen to point out while the facility will house the Aurora Theatre, they want it to be referred to as the Lawrenceville Arts Center.
The Aurora is contracted with the city to manage and operate the facility, and will be its main permanent tenant, but Lawrenceville officials are concerned that colloquially calling it simply the Aurora Theatre will give the arts community and the general community the wrong impression about who can use the space.
In addition to housing the Aurora, the facility is intended to also be rented out to other local performing groups as well as touring productions and performers. It is also designed so part of the facility can host other events, such as wedding receptions.
“If we call it the Aurora Theatre, then people will think only the Aurora can use it,” city spokeswoman Melissa Hardegee said.
One way to look at the diversity of who will be using the center is to look at its first few shows.
The first-ever show on the grand theater stage will be by comedian Henry Cho on Oct. 30 as part of the Aurora Comedy Nights series.
The Aurora will stage the very first multi-night production — its annual Christmas Canteen — at the facility from Nov. 26 until Dec. 23. The second production to be staged at the center, which will overlap with Christmas Canteen, will be a facility rental: Southern Ballet Theatre’s production of “The Nutcracker,” from Dec. 16 to Dec. 19.
The Aurora will also stage its upcoming season at the new facility, kicking off with Christmas Canteen and also including “Feeding Beatrice” from Jan. 20 to Feb. 6, “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” from March 10 to April 3 and “Swindlers” from May 19 to June 6.
And, Warbington teased that there will be announcements forthcoming about outside groups who will be renting the center for their productions.
“Now that word is getting out that this is open, theres been a lot of interest (in renting the center),” Warbington said.
The grand opening weekend tours will continue through Sunday and tickets can be purchased at www.auroratheatre.com.
Suwanee-based StillFire Brewing planning second location in Smyrna
An award-winning Suwanee-based brewery that just celebrated its second birthday is planning to expand its operations with a second location on metro Atlanta’s north side.
StillFire Brewing is working with officials in Smyrna to develop a brewery in that town, brewery General Manager Aaron Bisges said during a panel on breweries at the Metro Atlanta Redevelopment Summit at Studio Movie Grill in Duluth on Thursday. It would be StillFire’s second brewery.
“It will be similar (to the Suwanee location) in that we both produce beer and have a tap room,” Bisges told the Daily Post after the panel. “The way that the laws are set up is that you have to produce what you sell on site, so being a brewery, you have to have brewing equipment so you can make the beer and that’s what you can sell on site.”
In just two years, StillFire has grown quickly. Fans of the company can now buy some of its beers at Whole Foods locations in metro Atlanta as well as the Suwanee brewery. It has also won awards for its beers and recently won the bronze medal at the Great American Beer Festival competition in Colorado for its Kilt Chamberlain Scotch ale.
Bisges said getting StillFire beer into restaurants and grocery stores is part of model to grow the business.
“So, we have the tap room model where we can obviously sell directly to the consumer, and it’s more of a destination place to come, but we also do distribute beer as well and get into off-premise places — Whole Foods grocery stores, bars, restaurants and that sort of stuff,” Bisges said. “So, that’s a second source of revenue and a really good way to kind of grow the brand.”
Now, the brewery is looking to expand its operations, starting with the new Smyrna locations, although Bisges indicated during the panel that]additional locations could eventually be in the brewery’s future.
“The first one has been a wild success and I’ve actually had a lot of the economic developers from around metro Atlanta (reaching out),” Bisges said. “Everyone’s got an interest in bringing breweries to their downtown as part of their redevelopment and Smyrna seemed like a good fit and we’re hoping to make that happen.”
StillFire’s second brewery will be located on Atlanta Road in downtown Smyrna.
One thing about the planned Smyrna brewery that will be different from the Suwanee location is the type of facility it will be housed in. The Suwanee location is in the former Fire Station 13 building across Buford Highway from Suwanee Town Center. The Smyrna location would not involve a building renovation, however.
“It will be built from the ground up, new construction,” Bisges said.
At this point, it is not clear when the Smyrna location will open, however.
“That is TBD,” Bisges said. “I wish I could tell you. We’re actually still working with Smyrna and nothing has been finalized yet. We’re in stages of planning with them.”
StillFire was co-founded by Randall Veugeler and John Bisges. Veugeler is also known, along with his wife Angela, as a co-founder of the Suwanee Beer Festival and Suwanee Magazine.
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